Synonyms of needs


1. need, demand, condition, status

usage: a condition requiring relief; "she satisfied his need for affection"; "God has no need of men to accomplish His work"; "there is a demand for jobs"

2. need, want, necessity, essential, requirement, requisite, necessary

usage: anything that is necessary but lacking; "he had sufficient means to meet his simple needs"; "I tried to supply his wants"

3. motivation, motive, need, psychological feature

usage: the psychological feature that arouses an organism to action toward a desired goal; the reason for the action; that which gives purpose and direction to behavior; "we did not understand his motivation"; "he acted with the best of motives"

4. indigence, need, penury, pauperism, pauperization, poverty, poorness, impoverishment

usage: a state of extreme poverty or destitution; "their indigence appalled him"; "a general state of need exists among the homeless"


1. necessitate, ask, postulate, need, require, take, involve, call for, demand

usage: require as useful, just, or proper; "It takes nerve to do what she did"; "success usually requires hard work"; "This job asks a lot of patience and skill"; "This position demands a lot of personal sacrifice"; "This dinner calls for a spectacular dessert"; "This intervention does not postulate a patient's consent"

2. want, need, require, be

usage: have need of; "This piano wants the attention of a competent tuner"

3. need

usage: have or feel a need for; "always needing friends and money"


1. inevitably, necessarily, of necessity, needs

usage: in such a manner as could not be otherwise; "it is necessarily so"; "we must needs by objective"

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Definition and meaning of needs (Dictionary)